July 17th 2019 @ 12:00: First Scania OmniCity arrives at Cambridge following single door conversion for Stagecoach East and latest fleet update for Go North East
The first Scania OmniCity, 15083, has arrived at Cambridge following single door conversion and repaint at ADL Anston. It is now being prepared with the fitting of branding and for service. The vehicle carries traditional double deck Stagecoach livery, whereas those converted at Ferrymill Motors for Stagecoach East Scotland carry the later Enviro 400MMC-style livery. Details of seating layout following conversion are awaited.
A further Trident to be repainted here in preparation for its transfer within Stagecoach UK Bus is 18415
Go North East
The company has announced the following fleet changes over the last few weeks.
Repaints in the week ending June 30th included Mercedes Citaro 0530N/Mercedes Citaro 5288 into the 2019 fleet livery and Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President in open-top format, 3997 into the Toon Tour yellow and blue base livery.
The three Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President open-tops - 3997, 3998 and 3999 - have all now been formally allocated to Percy Main. 3997 and 3998 are to be allocated to the Toon Tour service and 3999 remains as a spare vehicle for the Toon Tour service and is also available for Private Hire and Special Events.
Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 5201 has transferred from Chester-le-Street Depot to Deptford, in a float/reserve capacity, to assist with extra vehicle requirements associated with Special Events.
Repaints in the week ending July 7th included Optare Solo M880/Optare 699 into ‘Little Coasters’ livery.
A number of float/reserve Wright Solar bodied Scania L94UB single-decks have been withdrawn: 4933 from Chester-le-Street, along with 4940 and 4966 from Riverside. All are planned to be stripped for spare parts and sold for scrap.
Scania L94UB/Wright Solar 5216 has also been withdrawn from service at Riverside having suffered defects that are uneconomical to repair. It had been expected to be replaced in the fleet from 21 July.
Scania K340EBCaetano Levante 7097 has been withdrawn and was subsequently sold to a Private Buyer.
Repaints in the week ending July 14th included Optare Solo SR M890/Optare 694 into ‘Little Coasters’ livery and Scania CN230UB/Scania Omnicity 5267 into the 2019 fleet livery.
A trio of Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TLs have been acquired on temporary loan from East Yorkshire. These are:
East Yorkshire 582 (X762 ABU), numbered 9072 within the Go North East fleet.
East Yorkshire 584 (MF51 LZX), numbered 9073 within the Go North East fleet.
East Yorkshire 585 (MF51 MBV), numbered 9074 within the Go North East fleet.
All have been allocated to Riverside for use on a private scholars contract, displacing East Lancs OmniDekka bodied Scania N94UDs 6126/27/29 to Deptford Depot, to operate a month-long Metro Replacement contract between South Shields and Chichester. No trains are currently running between these two platforms to allow for telecoms, platform and signalling upgrades in association with the new South Shields Interchange, due to re-open from Sunday 4th August.